Tell You Why

1978 Greyhound Hall of Fame Inductee



  • Winner Harold Park Classic in Australia
  • Winner Bi-Annual Classic in Ausralia
  • No. 1 Sire in USA 1967, 1968

Ask any breeder who he considers the most influential sire in the U.S. chances are Tell You Why* will be mentioned, 9 out of 10 times.

It is solely for his contribution as a sire that he was inducted into the Greyhound Hall of Fame in 1978.

Born in Australia, he was from the second mating of the famed Rocket Jet-Gorgeous Babe cross. After winning the Harold Park Classic and the Bi-Annual Classic in Australia he was imported to America by H.W. Shugart, who was also inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Tell You Why* became the sire champion in 1967 and 1968. Seven of his offspring were All-Americans.

Among the most illustrious sons and daughters were Westy Whizzer, Cactus Lonesome, Hoefer, Trap Rock, Runyon’s Genius, Tell Tom, Spec Harmony, Agreed Upon, Scatty, Westy Colonel, Miss Gorgeous and Cactus nancy.

The line Tell You Why* can be found in the pedigrees of the 1990s top stars and producers including: Downing, Understood, Perceive, Barry Lyndon, Nicky Finn, My Unicorn, Dutch Bahama, Unruly, Jock’s Warrior, Oshkosh Racey, PK’s Jet, Dark Rumor, Onie Jones, K’s Flak, Mi Designer, Placid Ace, HB’s Commander, Rooster Cogburn, Rooster’s Spur, Highway Robber, Night Gent, Sand Man, Whisper Wishes (Ireland), Oshkosh Champ and many, many more.